CUBAN BASEBALL OCTOBER 2019
CUBA BASEBALL OCTOBER 5, 2019
With only a week of play left in the first phase of the Cuban National Baseball Series the teams that will probably be playing in the second phase are Camaguey, Matanzas and Cienfuegos, and Santiago. The two remaining positions will go to the winners of wild card games between Las Tunas, Sancti Spiritus, Granma, Industriales, and Pinar del Rio. Only six of the leagues sixteen teams play during the second phase, which runs from late October until late December.
Camaguey is currently in first place, followed by Matanzas, Cienfuegos, and Sancti Spiritus, these last three being in a dead in a dead heat as of this writing. Cienfuegos is the team to beat, with the leagues leading hitters Pavel Quesada who has a .443 batting average and .574 OBP, and Yusniel Ibanez who has 10 home runs and 49 RBI. On defense their starting pitcher Yasmany Insua has a 1.91 ERA and the team would probably be a lock for the championship were it not for the supplementation that allows teams to recruit players from teams that don’t make it to the second phase.
By Frank Gonzalez
October 5, 2019